Vucevic posts 13th double-double, Magic beat Hornets 117-108

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points and novice point player Cole Anthony included a career-high 21 points as the Orlando Magic beat the Charlotte Hornets 117-108 on Monday night.

Orlando snapped a two-game losing streak and recovered from wasting a double-digit lead in the 4th quarter a night previously in a loss to the Hornets.

On Monday, Orlando led by as lots of as 20 points in the 3rd quarter and took an 11-point lead into the 4th prior to Charlotte made a charge. The Hornets closed within 101-94 and later on 115-108, however the Magic had the ability to hold their department competitors off behind the excellent play of Vucevic. The 7-footer likewise had 12 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season.

Orlando made a season-best 19 3-pointers, consisting of 7 in the 3rd quarter. Evan Fournier struck 5 threes and scored 19 points. Orlando’s Dwayne Bacon had 15 points versus his previous group prior to leaving midway through the 4th quarter with an injury.

Aaron Gordon, who missed out on Sunday’s video game with hip and back discomfort, returned on Monday and stimulated Orlando’s offense with his playmaking. He completed with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 helps.

Anthony made 8 of 12 shots and 4 of 5 3-pointers and beat fellow novice point player LaMelo Ball. The No. 15 choice in the November NBA draft scored 10 points and made 2 3-pointers in a 3rd duration that saw Orlando rise ahead by as lots of as 20 points. Ball, the No. 3 choice, had 9 points and 4 helps, however missed out on all 5 of his 3-point shots.

Gordon Hayward, the hero of Charlotte’s 107-104 win a night previously with his 39 points and a game-winning layup, completed with 24 points on Monday. Devonte Graham (21 points) and Terry Rozier (24 points) each made 4 3-pointers for Charlotte, which lost to the Magic for the 5th time in 6 conferences. The Hornets made simply 11 of 38 3-point shots.

Charlotte constructed a 15-point lead in the very first quarter, however Orlando reacted with a 20-2 go to return in the video game. After an awful offending start, the Magic made 13 of 21 shots and 5 of 9 3-pointers in the 2nd quarter to take a 55-54 halftime lead.


For the very first time in NBA history, 2 female authorities – Natalie Sago and Jenna Schroeder – worked the very same video game. Schroeder and Sago, the 4th and 5th female referees employed to the league’s personnel for the 2020-21 season, worked with experienced main Sean Wright on Monday. Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling, Ashley Moyer-Gleich and Simone Jelks are the other 3 fulltime female referees.

”It’s an unique night for our league and for females and I take a look at someone like my child, who will be seeing and it’s a huge action,” Hornets coach James Borrego stated. ”I like that I belong of a league that’s breaking barriers, and tonight I’m happy to be a part of that video game.”

The only debate of the night including the referees came with 1:46 to play when Anthony was required an obstructing nasty and Magic coach Steve Clifford provided a Coach’s Obstacle. The difficulty was not successful – an initially in 7 attempts this season by Clifford.


Hornets: Borrego stated he will continue to assess his center rotation now that Cody Zeller is back after missing out on 4 video games with a damaged bone in his hand. Bismack Biyombo began his 16th video game on Monday, while Zeller made one start. Said Borrego: ”It’s a work in development and it’s not going to be addressed over night. 5 video games from now, we’ll recall and see where we’re at. However this is not going to be a fast repair.” . Hayward’s last-second layup a night previously was the 6th game-winner of his profession in the last 5 seconds.

Magic: Clifford confessed that he is stressed over the prolonged minutes his gamers are seeing due to the fact that of injuries and the compressed schedule, worrying, ”We remain in unchartered waters. This is Year 21 (in the NBA) for me and I have actually never ever been associated with a schedule like this. Their bodies can just take a lot often.” . The Magic revealed that they will quickly start building on a 130,000-square-foot training center and practice center in downtown Orlando. The center is anticipated to be opened in mid-2022.


Hornets: Host Indiana on Wednesday in the very first of 2 conferences over 3 nights.

Magic: Host Sacramento on Wednesday.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.